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Working with Actors for Film

By Clive Davies-Frayne, posted 5 March 2006

The first thing any director intending work with actors on a film needs to understand is that acting for film is the most technically demanding and often least rewarding work an actor will do (not financially, but in terms of satisfaction with the actual process).

V-Pods - Video iPods and the Indie Filmmaker

By Patrick Jones, posted 1 February 2006

Given how the iPod, alongside the music store iTunes which recently sold its 500 millionth song, has defined a new culture in music mobility; it is only right that some thought is given to that possible impact Apple could have on the world of film. Particularly for a company whose decision to pack Avid-style functionality into a sub-1000 box with Final Cut Pro helped kick start the desktop edit DV indie film renaissance.

War of the Words

By Preti Taneja, posted 1 February 2006

"It's launching on multiple targets tomorrow, the targets have shifted we've just been fighting for so long...there's a more advanced tracking system now so we know we won't miss.... We've won half the territories - this hit will finish it...." Condi reporting to George Bush? Or a conversation overheard in the distribution offices of the UK Film Council? "...no it's not digital, it was shot on super 8."

Writing Effective Dialogue

By Michael Daniels, posted 1 February 2006

In a visually driven media the importance of good written dialogue is often ignored or at best underestimated. Good dialogue adds depth and meaning to a film, whereas thin, poorly written dialogue can detract from the overall mis-en scene, and burden your actors with a performance lacking in verisimilitude. As a writer or filmmaker, you should to be aware of the need for good, effective dialogue. No matter how sparse, superior dialogue can really make a piece of film. Learning to write quality dialogue will reward the writer or filmmaker with strong characters, within dynamic and engaging scenes. A few hours invested in watching some acclaimed and successful films should convince you of the value of good dialogue. Great movies are always remembered, as are classic lines. A short article such as this can only offer you a few pointers to writing successful scripts, however what is discussed here can be developed further, and should enable a writer to develop strong characters and quality dialogue.

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